Is Christ The King Sunday Oppressive?

Jesus carrying the cross by El GrecoToday Christians in many churches celebrate Christ the King Sunday.

When I was in Theology graduate school, some students didn’t like the imagery of Christ as “king.” They felt the idea of Christ as king was outdated and even oppressive.

However, that is totally missing the point of Christ as king. Christ is not an oppressive, earthly king. He didn’t establish an earthly kingdom supporting a particular nation, race, or class.

No! The good news of Jesus is that he came to establish a spiritual kingdom for everyone: Jew, Gentile, slave, free, rich, and poor. Christ is a king who is on the side of the poor, oppressed, and outcast.

It is this radical image of king which we celebrate today. Have a great Christ the King Sunday.

About David Bennett

David Bennett is an author, speaker, and small business owner. He started ChurchYear.Net in 2004, along with his brother Jonathan. The site gets over one million visitors a year, and Bennett’s writings have appeared in church bulletins, newspapers, and other media.

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